June 27, 2007

Happy (Belated) 6 Month Birthday

The Triplets turned 6 months old on the 21st. I could never have imagined that things would be like this back in January. In total, the babies have gained about 30 lbs.!

Lukas 10 lbs. 14 oz.
Niklas 13 lbs. 5 oz.
Gabbie 14lbs. 14 oz.

Notice that Niklas and Lukas are starting to gain ground on Gabbie. It makes sense, in the beginning these guys were gaining about 1 pound a week. If that continued, we would have 52 lb. babies at the end of a year, and that would be weird. They growth is slowing down, and we are on cruise control right now. We all sleep through the night on a regular basis, and sometimes we have to wake the babies up in the morning to eat.

Last weekend, we went to a high-order multiples picnic in Saline, and what a sight it was. There were about 6 sets of Triplets and 2 sets of Quadruplet girls. It was really an amazing thing to see so many people there, and all of them doing just fine with the rigors of being parents of multiples. Sometimes I think parents of multiples have an easier time than parents of single babies because we are forced to turn everything into such a well engineered process. We develop our own little systems for feeding, putting kids to bed, getting them dressed, and loading/unloading into the car. The picnic was definitely a great time, and it was fun to meet other people who can really relate to our experience. It was also fascinating to meet one of 52 people in the world to have natural identical quadruplets(2 eggs, each splitting once).

June 19, 2007

Father's Day Roundup

I mentioned before that the day my kids were born was one of the worst days of my life, and the following 3 months weren't much better. My first Father's day, on the other hand, might have been the best day of my life. If you would have told me a year ago that one of my best days would be one in which I would be peed and puked upon twice, I would have undoubtedly rolled my eyes in disbelief. We started the day with an awesome breakfast consisting of my wife's famous homemade pancakes stuffed with cottage cheese and topped with fresh fruit. Anyone who has had them can attest to how good they are. I spent the entire day playing with the babies followed up by grilling out and margaritas (of course). Per my request, we took a family nap. I know that sounds a little cheesy, but it's so fun to plop everyone on the bed and pass out. It's amazing what I consider to be a good day compared to what I would have thought it was 10 years ago. There's a good chance that the 23 year old me would have thought the 33 year old me is pretty lame. Funny how your perspective changes. Finally, Greta gave me a bottle of my favorite cologne, so even though I may be covered in urine, formula and whatever else, at least I don't smell like it.

June 14, 2007

Pool Party

We have been trying to get out of the house and do "normal" people things as often as possible. We are past the worry of taking premature infants out in public, but we haven't yet mastered the logistical issues. Last weekend we decided to have a family day at the pool with the triplets and the Myers Grandparents. The pictures of Gabbie are on Grandma's camera, so I only have Lukas(above) and Niklas posted here. Lukas absolutely loved the water, the more whisking around with him the better. Gabbie didn't mind the water, but Niklas wasn't too fond of it. It could have been that we dunked him in while half asleep, so maybe next time he will enjoy it a little bit more. I am trying to make it a goal to post on the blog more than once a week, but I really don't know where the time is going. We are either busy or exhausted these days. That is not a complaint in the least bit, it's just the way it is. The babies eat, sleep, play and poop. Outside of work, I struggle to accomplish much more than that.

June 7, 2007

Day 170

It's been 169 days since the babies were born, which seems like an instant and an eternity at the same time. At this point, I don't really even remember the NICU anymore. It's like a distant childhood memory that I can only remember flashes of. I can recall brief moments of both terrible and triumphant times that stood out from the day in and day out repetition and misery. I think the human mind has a way of blocking these things out on purpose. Believe it or not, Niklas has been home the same number of days that he was in the NICU (85). The progress at home for all of the babies has been much more dramatic than the NICU.

It's amazing the personalities that they are all developing so early on. When you talk to Gabbie, she smiles as if it's almost too much to bear. She sticks her tongue out and looks away as if she can hardly stand the excitement. Niklas is the talker of the three, loves to be sung to, and even coos along. So far, the ABC's is his favorite song. Lukas is always full of smiles and is a bit of a jokester. When I feed him he likes to fill his mouth up with milk and then spit it back out like you would spit out pool water, and then smile as if he is very proud.

Just to see how far we have come, here is a progress report in pictures of then vs. now. Lukas is on top, Gabbie in the middle and Niklas on the bottom.